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Couch's Spadefoot Scaphiopus couchii

   

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Couch's Spadefoot
credit: Clinton & Charles Robertson

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Family: Pelobatidae, Spadefoot Toads view all from this family



Description Plump. Tan-gray/green/brown. Smooth skinned. Darker mottling or spotting. Sickle-shaped spade on hind feet.


Dimensions 5.7-8.9cm. (2 1/4-3 1/2")


Voice Similar sound to bleating lamb.


Breeding After sufficient rainfall. April-September. Eggs attached to vegetation in temporary pools. In warm conditions hatches within 36 hours. Transforms after 2-6 weeks.


Habitat Can survive dry areas. Short grass prairies


Range Baja peǹnsula, California & Arizona into Mexico.


Discussion Discovered by Darius Nash Couch, while on expedition in northern Mexico. Nocturnal. Burrows underground in dry periods.


 

 

 

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